Large Baroque Abalone Pearl - Need Appraisal!!
My husband and I were on an adventure excursion in Northern California and found this amazing abalone pearl on the morning of my 30th Birthday, a true gift from mother nature. It is a very large baroque shaped pearl, but it has a somewhat dull appearance, as though it needs a good polish, but I am afraid to polish it myself, best left to a professional. The whole shell looks to have been battered in the sea for quite some time after the abalone inside perished. The pearl is fused to the shell. I have seen many smaller abalone pearls in person and usually the "wing" shape. This is the biggest I've seen and a different shape than most. I am looking to get it polished and appraised. Does anyone know of any good appraisers in the Northern California area who could appraise a piece like this?? I would appreciate any references or feedback, on appraisal or just response to the photos. Thanks Folks!